Does Anyone Still Use Google Chrome?

Oddly enough I’m writing this post using Google Chrome, but only after I put on my french maid outfit and dusted that Chrome icon off. To be honest, since it doesn’t offer any quality Add-Ons as of yet, it’s fell by the wayside. I’m surprised that Google hasn’t done more to encourage developers to create Chrome Add-Ons, at least in any capacity to compete with FireFox.

Searching for a solution to the Chrome add on problem I did come across a site called My Chrome Addons.  This site is the closest thing to a repository of useful tools for Chrome as it gets, but seems to focus more on themes than actual tools that increase user experience.  In it’s raw form Chrome has yet to do anything that FireFox can’t do better.

Furthermore, it’s just not as stable as originally advertised.  Well, just typing this post it’s crashed on me completely, not just a few functions.  I’ve never had any problems using FireFox, in regards to stability, other than it’s wildely free roaming memory consumption.  Hell, this many revisions later I’d hope they would have that fixed by now.

As mentioned previously, I am writing this blog post in the Chrome browser, but it almost feels unnatural.  Generally when researching blog posts I’ll have multiple FireFox windows and tabs open.  Chrome doesn’t offer one-click opening of multiple instances of itself.  So for now, Google Chrome will remain a novelty icon, a program I dust off every so often to see if any progress has been made.

Google Chrome Logo
Google Chrome Logo

Will Chrome Incognito Kill Affiliates

This is my first post using Google Chrome and first impressions are a little lacking and one feature has me just freaking out.  There is an ‘Incognito’ feature that provides a safe and secure browsing experience for the user, but it also destroys any cookie’s after the window is closed, BAD for affiliate marketers.

You’ve gone incognito. Pages you view in this window won’t appear in your browser history or search history, and they won’t leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however. 

Going incognito doesn’t affect the behavior of other people, servers, or software. Be wary of:

  • Websites that collect or share information about you
  • Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit
  • Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys
  • Surveillance by secret agents
  • People standing behind you

This leaves me asking myself some questions, namely how popular will this browser become?  Furthermore, how popular will the incognito browsing become?  I’m hoping there are some affiliate marketers out there that are much larger than I that will be able to track such things, as far as impact on their daily/weekly/monthly earnings.

The only light is that the cookies will remain effective for as long as the user has the window open.  However as soon as said Google Chrome user abandons that window and moves along, that cookie is lost.  So, if you are not getting immediate buyers with your sites, you can kiss those commissions goodbye.  In terms of programs like eBay where a cookie length will be up to 7 days, count only earning 1/7 of your existing revenue, in regards to visitors using Google Chrome.

Hopefully this won’t have any impact at all, or at least not much of one anyway.  Chances are ‘Incognito’ mode in Google Chrome won’t be used for anything other than surfing porn anyway.  Keep that surfing history away from your spouse. 😉

Analytics Data Sharing

I’m stumped on this one, what data is exactly being shared with Google, through my Analytics account?  Obviously it only shares data via sites that have the Analytic code installed, what the paranoid little man in me wants to deny any access.  This is especially true for my sites earning large amounts of scrilla through Adsense, where they could peek into what keywords are scoring highest for me and either slap me or hold me up.

Furthermore, they are requiring your data to be shared with them to gain access to soon to be standard Google features.  The Google Analytics FAQ in regards to Data Sharing specifically states that you MUST share your data with Google to gain access to their upcoming Adwords Conversion Optimizer.

The Analytics FAQ does address one of my ranking concerns, but not directly.

Your website data will not be used to affect your natural search results, ad quality score or ad placement. Aggregate data across many customers will be used to improve our products and services.

Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you.  Lastly, make sure you do not automatically share your data with an ambigous ‘Others’.  Of your two choices when sharing your Analytics data, Anonymously With Google and Others is an option.  I wonder how much it costs to get a hold of that information?

Top 5 FeedBurner Feeds

I know there is nothing hardcore statistically correct about my method for finding the top 5 FeedBurner feeds, but I found the information interesting nevertheless.  To be honest I’m not sure if the list contains the most subscribers, highest page rank, or search volume, but Google seems to think these are the top 5 feeds worth subscribing to.

  • Adventure Sports – No subscriber feed listing number of feedburner subscribers but he does have a FeedBurner email signup, RSS Icon, Google Reader, and Bloglines subscription chiclet.
  • My Way The Entrepreneur Network – Again, no listing of how many RSS subscribers, but the site does offer Kindle, FeedBurner, and FeedBlitz RSS subscription Icons.
  • Rede WebTuga – Site is down, notice of the future home of Rede WebTuga Feedburner Network.
  • BizJournals – They offer two locations where a user can subscribe to their feed, simple text, and then bright orange RSS button and box above the content.
  • The Conservative Blog Network – Network of various blogs, usually displaying simple RSS buttons and an email signup.

Unfortunately I don’t feel like I really learned anything from the list above, other than the power of having an email signup to subscriptions.  Obviously this will offer 2 benefits, one you get more subscribers and a way to get your updates directly to their inbox, where they are more likely to check everyday…unlike some Readers that are used rarely.  Second, you are starting to build a list of emails that can be accessed via FeedBurner and used for other marketing purposes.

Now, what value does being on the list above have to the site owners…probably none considering any searches will result in actual blog pages being found.  However, it’s still neat to see what’s most popular out there in the eyes of Google.

Adsense Style Sheet Ads

Ok, maybe not CSS style sheet ads, but damn close. It’s now possible to create an ad, place it on your site, and in the future change the ad directly from your Adsense control panel. So, for people like me with multiple ads across multiple sites, when changing the look and feel, it becomes simple. NO MORE EDITING INDIVIDUAL ADS!

Just wanted to bring this to the attention of those who haven’t made an ad lately. You can see the official Google FAQ on the Ad Management here.

We now offer the option to create new AdSense units which you can customize and update within your account to see changes directly on your site. When you create a new AdSense unit, details of the ad unit (like colors and channels) will be stored in your AdSense account. This gives you faster, simpler ad management, allowing you to make changes to an AdSense unit on-the-fly without needing to re-paste the ad code or make additional changes to the page itself.

Ahh, simplicity.